Designed for modern Medusas, Bulgari's new Serpenti collection is dangerously attractive
But then, glittering diamonds, emeralds and amethysts tend to have that effect. Famously worn by Elizabeth Taylor both on set and off (as Queen of the Nile Cleopatra in 1963 and almost every day after that), Bulgari's iconic Serpenti jewellery has been reimagined for 2016, with striking new shapes and an emphasis on spellbinding gemstone eyes.
Whether you wear yours dangling dangerously low by way of a pink gold pendant with amethyst eyes - a first for the Serpenti design - encircling the wrists and fingers (the white gold and diamond bracelet with emerald eyes is simply something else) or nibbling at the earlobes, this is jewellery that's guaranteed to turn heads (and if you find yourself stuck with an insanely attractive but mind-numbingly boring tinder date, it's also an unrivalled conversation starter. Or so a friend told us...).
The most dazzling piece in the collection is the Serpenti High Jewellery necklace (find it in the gallery above). Festooned with diamonds and gleaming emeralds and meticulously crafted to mimic a snake's scales, it's suddenly very easy to see why the snake was Cleopatra's (and Elizabeth Taylor's) emblem of choice. Tempted? We know we are.